Global Competition Review has conducted a survey on the top antitrust and competition law firms in Washington, D.C. Among the firms on the list, Kirkland was rated as "Highly Recommended."
Global Competition Review's comments:
The antitrust team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP got a boost last month after former U.S. Federal Trade Commission chairman Timothy Muris joined the firm as of counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. With him came partners Christine Wilson and Bilal Sayyed, and of counsel Ian Conner. All are sole antitrust practitioners. Partner Mark Kovner says the group was "looking to add to its capabilities". And indeed it has. The group now has 30 partners, 17 associates and four of counsel dedicated to antitrust. Kovner and Tefft Smith feature in the Who's Who. They, along with Marimichael Skubel, Karen Walker, Wilson and Muris, are the leading lawyers within the practice.
Kovner says the team is very busy, thanks in part to an upswing in merger work. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Avis in its bid for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, SC Johnson on several deals with Sara Lee, and manufacturing and technology company Danaher on an undisclosed transaction. He says the firm is present on nine per cent of all the Hart-Scott-Rodino filings in the US. The group is also active on many government litigation cases.